Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Winner And An Awesome New Giveaway!


Congratulations to Elsie for winning the $25.00 gift certificate to Beadedbling.etsy.com!

Now for everyone else how about another giveaway? This time it is for the little guys. Baby sign language has always been something that has intrigued me. I bought a book on it when Madison was an infant and signed with her a little. The result was her knowing how to sign "more" and that was about it.
This time I've taken a much more active interest with signing with Stella and have already begun introducing some basic signs to her. I've also decided to use only ASL (AmericanSign Language) signing with her that way she can not only communicate with us but also friends of ours that are non-hearing. What is really fun to watch is Madison's interest in learning to sign also. One morning she inquisitively asked "Whatcha doin' non?" when I was signing with Stella and immediately wanted to learn too. It turns out she has already been learning the ASL alphabet at school!
I know that some parents don't agree with teaching babies to sign. They feel that this will prolong them from speaking. I disagree. Personally I beleive that babies can communicate much earlier than they can form words and signing allows them to do so. Many times toddlers throw temper tantrums and parents get frustrated because they can not figure out what the baby wants and the baby can't tell them. Having a baby that can sign may be able eliminate or at least reduce these types of tantrums! Here is a story and a video of my friend Danielle's baby Eliza signing that help to prove my point.
I recently got a collection of DVD's and Board Books in the mail from My Baby Can Talk. This collection is ASL based and has loads of awards. The books and dvd's were created for babies 10 months and older. Madison loves to watch the DVD's and both girls enjoy looking at the vibrant pictures in the books. I personally love the signing for dummies sections in the books. Every sign has diagram of how to hold your hand as well as directions as to how to move them. Trust me I need them!
Wouldn't you love this collection for your little one? Well lucky you 'cause I have one to give away too! The My Baby Can Talk collection includes...
  • 3 dvds First Signs, Exploring Signs and Sharing Signs
  • 3 board books First signs, Sharing Signs and Exploring Signs

If you were to purchase this it would cost over $75.00. It is well worth the cost but isn't everything better when it is free? To enter this giveaway...

  • please post a comment about who would be using the collection and why you want to sign with this little person.
  • Receive a second entry by blogging about this giveaway linking back to me and commenting letting me know that you blogged about it.
  • Make sure to leave me a way to get back to you.
  • The winner must contact me within 3 days of being announced or else I will select another winner.
  • This giveaway will end on Christmas Eve next week.
  • The winner will be announced Christmas Day.
    Good luck to all that enter!








49 comments:

WeeHands said...

Thank you for sharing this information about baby sign language! Every parent and caregiver should experience how wonderful it is to sign with thier baby!

Sara Bingham, Founder WeeHands
Author of The Baby Signing Book
T: 1-866-746-SIGN
E: info@weehands.com
W: www.weehands.com

brittanielovessparky said...

That is a great giveaway! I'm a believer in baby sign language and would love to be put in the drawing. The lovely baby I will be signing with is my boyfriend's newest niece, Evan.

I currently use MindBites.com to get all of my information on baby sign language, specifically here: http://www.mindbites.com/person/84-MySmartHands

But I would love to learn from DVDs and think it would be great to watch them with Evan snug on the couch over the holidays.

Stacie said...

This would be great for my sister and her baby as just the other day she was saying she wanted her daughter to learn baby sign language.

stacie_vaughan@hotmail.com

linda said...

our good friend just had a little one and this would go to her house. My baby did a little sign, but this would be invaluable.

lindakpeters@gmail.com

Emilie said...

I would love this for both of my boys, age 10 months and 28 months. We have a couple of the Signing Time DVDs and they LOVE them but we do need more signs. My older son is so funny. He wants to sign as much as he can but when he doesn't know the sign to something he just goes with something similar. (i.e. he'll sign candy for grapes) Thanks so much!

Connie said...

I would love to win this for my daughter who is expecting in February her fourth child. All of her other three have autism so the chances are high this one will too. Signing could really help! Thanks!

gahome2mom said...

I would like to give this to my daughter for my granddaughter. I think talking with hands is beautiful. And being able to share it with others, even more beautiful. TY

Audra said...

My sister has taught her boys with much success and has even taught my 15 month old a few signs like milk, eat and more which he picked up sooo quickly I would love to teach him even more! Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway!

EllyBean said...

A friend of mine has taught her children using this technique and I would love to give it a try with my daughter whom is about to turn 7 months old. I think this speaks volumes with bonding and communication skills.

EllyBean said...

I blogged about your giveaway!

http://connected2christ.com/theblog/2008/12/19/my-baby-can-talk-dvd-book-collection-giveaway/

ellybean (at) connected2christ.com

Homemom3 said...

My soon to be 2 year old would be using it because I believe in teaching a second language at an early age. Never know when you'll need it.

homemom3@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'd like learn more signs with my nearly two-year-old son. He doesn't talk much yet, but we've had great success communicating with the few signs he knows. lnjane at yahoo dot com

veggiesamosa said...

What a great giveaway, and its so timely for me and my 6 month old. We have recently begun basic signs, and these videos would be a great addition to her education.
Thanks a bunch

veggiemcveggie at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

We did some basic signing with my now 2 1/2 year old and would like to do more with my now 3 month old twins. I think this collection would be really helpful!

Sarah said...

Blogged about the giveaway here:
http://iloveagiveaway.blogspot.com/2008/12/friday-night-finds.html

Joyful Noise said...

I would be using this product with my 4.5 month old daughter. That way we could communicate before she talks...I would also love for my two sons to learn to sign.

Thanks for the chance!

JamericanSpice said...

I would love to teach my daughter and son sign. I've grown up with sign language but have forgotten alot and I think this would definitely help.

jenny said...

wow please enter me into this give away i would realy love to win them for my little one shes almost 2 and shes still not tlaking and well the olny sing she knows is more that becuse i showed her how to do that and well at night on sprot thay have nena and star and well thay show a new sing every time it comes on and well the other day she tryed to sing happy any how please enter me in for this thanks

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

I'd love to teach Helana our 3 month old sign language I think it would be very beneficial! I also have a almost 2 year old son, who doesn't communicate all that well but he likes using his hands so I can see this being something he would learn very quickly!

Jenna said...

What a great giveaway! I believe that every child would benefit from learning to sign. I don't have any kids of my own yet, but when I do I am going to teach them to sign. Thanks!

clenna said...

I would use this with my daughter and my grand daughter. We do simple signs now but I'd like to do more. We do 'more', 'eat' and 'all done'.

clenna@aol.com

abcdbanda said...

we use a few signs with our little one, but i would love to grow our signing vocabulary. thanks!
christinbanda@yahoo.com

Ferguson Family said...

I would love this for my son, I know how to sign a little bit because my cousin is partially deaf and I would love him to learn. I would also love if he could try and communicate a little with before he really starts speaking!!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

Alice H said...

I had my first baby recently and am really looking forward to signing with him - this would be a great way for us both to learn! Thanks for the chance! alicedemske at hotmail.com

Andrea said...

This is awesome...I LOVE baby signing! We did it with Tate and I would definitely put this to good use with Emily!

A Family Completed... said...

I would love to win this for use with my son. He is a late talker and I've been working on signs with him. Right after his first birthday and on my daughter's first day of kindergarten he signed "more" to me while I was giving him his breakfast. It was one of the proudest days of my life for both my kids. We have been progressing but I think having some materials such as books and dvd's would help us both learn a wider variety of signs to use in our daily lives. I'm a strong believer in signing with toddlers and hope to continue his growth and continue to ward off tantrums caused by communication issues.
Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
tonyamcrain [at] aol [dot] com

Tracey said...

My dh & I both learned sign language when we were younger & have kept up with signing. We have taught our gd some signing but thing she & the new gd coming in Feb. would benefit from tapes that were more geared to her age. Thanks for the contest!

traceys[at]suddenlink[dot]net

quitecontrary1977 said...

My daughter isn't talking as much as I thought babies her age would. I wish she could better communicate her needs to me. This looks so useful. My nephew would ejoy this,too!

quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com
http://nowenteringmomville.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

MFJ:
I would love to share this with my daughter (toddler). She has expressed interest in signing. I have been borrowing signing DVD's from the library and would love for her to own her own set.

watson(at)zerostreet(dot)net

Dana said...

congrats to the winner!!!

Lauren S said...

I would love this for my almost 12 month old son. I have been trying to teach him ASL, but so far no luck. His older brother started signing at 10 months and it was so wonderful to be able to communicate with him from 10 months until when he started to speak at 2 1/2 years old. Also, his older brother can help teach him too, but he needs to brush up as he's forgotten most of the signs he knew.

pinkveganmiso(at)yahoo(dot)com

Alibi said...

I would use this with my 2 and 1 year old kids. I've been wanting to teach them sign, as i've heard it makes it easier for babies to communicate earlier, without all the frustration of you not understanding them. This would be really great if I win. Thanks.

apple said...

My sister has always wanted this for my nephew and I want to be the one to gift it to them. Please let me win.

applez_55@yahoo.com

3boyzmom said...

My son just turned 2 and I would LOVE to win this for him and for him to learn sign language!! I also have a close friend who is expecting and would love for her baby to share this with us!!

Cassie said...

I would love to win this for my twin girls. They are 16 months and haven't started talking yet (excepting twin talk). I would love to be able to communicate with them better.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I have twin babies (along with 2 other boys) so any help in the communication department would be great! Thanks! --debbie
debsicola@yahoo.com

Feed the moose said...

I would use this with my little one, who is on the way!

Frances said...

I would use this with my daughter due in February. I look forward to teaching her to sign so that we can communicate before she has good verbal skills.

Email in my profile

alezah said...

My son is almost 6 months old and we've begun signing with him (well, so far, we're just using the sign for MILK). We'd love to learn to sign more extensively with him.

Feisty Frugal and Fabulous said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would use this with my 13 month old daughter. Looks like a great program, sometimes it's hard to know where to start so I'm glad there's programs like this out there.

Annie said...

If I won I would use this with my 6 month old baby girl. We already sign for milk and we are working on eat. I think signing with baby not only allows them to develop a language, but ASL is becoming more common and even deaf children are being integrated into some schools. I would love to continue to learn, sign and teach her all the way till we are both good at communicating in ASL as a second language.
Our local college even will count ASL classes as your foreign language credits.

Alexis said...

I would be using this for myself, I have taught my daughter some sign language with my mom cause she's a teacher with special needs students. But I want to broaden her signing

Kylinsmom said...

My son is almost two, and would be perfect for this program! Thanks for having the giveaway!

donna444444 said...

I would like to use it with my son.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Leah said...

This would be so perfect for my ds who already signs a little and loves doing so. It truly is magical the many ways we can communicate with each other! : )))

Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

amweeks said...

This would be a perfect gift for me to give to my sister-in-law, as she is due with her first baby in February and know that she would love to communicate this way!

Lilith Silvermane said...

This would be great for my daughter who will turn 2 on Christmas day (we've been working on signing since she was a year old) and for my soon to be year old daughter! It is a wonderful way to communicate!

LilithSilvermane(at)gmail(dot)com

lace said...

This would be for my niece. She knows a few signs but would love to learn more.

Rockin' Mama said...

I am teaching my son to sign because he isn't able to communicate what he needs and wants and he gets very frustrated

jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com